Itâ€™s always entertaining to drive around Cologne with ADA. The conversation starts off with a saga about her trip to the city car impound thanks to her illegally parking her chariot, while tunes crackle through her relic of a car stereo cassette player. Looking back, our trips always seem to end with chorusing some Madonna single, one guarantee ADA always has some track or song that Iâ€™ve never heard on these overdubbed cassette tapes and which stays with me for the rest of the night.
To some folks out there, itâ€™s been a while since theyâ€™ve heard from ADA. That would be when AREAL released her triumphant debut album â€œBLONDIEâ€ and Pitchfork cried that it would â€˜make it hard to hear Blondie and not walk away woozy and a little weak-kneed.â€™ In part to her gorgeous melodies and undefinable appreciation for techno/house music, she set a new standard for the electronic musician artist album and brought a roar of appreciation for artists, fans and critics from around the world.
The truth is that ADA never went anywhere for the past few years â€“ sheâ€™s been amongst us, performing all over the place (even launching a DJ career) and releasing a steady stream of singles between AREAL and her new imprint IRR. Plus thereâ€™s been loads of remixesâ€¦so it was only natural that her cassette tapes would have an effect – and rather than just collecting her remixes we decided to take things a step further and canâ€™t suppress our glee in doing so here. ADAPTATIONS â€“ MIXTAPE #1 brings together a collection of new and unreleased music, ADAâ€™s highlight remixes, renditions of her tracks touched by friends, plus even a lost, alternative take of her most loved song BLINDHOUSE.
ADAPTATIONS â€“ MIXTAPE #1 is lovingly blended together but not to be confused with being a DJ mix, the songs have a degree of separation between each otherâ€¦potentially to be remembered in the future as a collection of highly memorable moments in her illustrious career. Diving in, EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRLâ€™s TRACEY THORN vocals brood over ADAâ€™s delicate beats propelling us into what promises to be a world of modern electronic pop music. Degrees of distinction roll throughout ADAPTATIONS. From her released electro-tinged BOOKA SHADE remix , to the house drenched cycle of her IRR released FORTY WINKS to her musical duet with RAZ OHARA of APPARAT fame, ADAPTATIONS showcases a speculative depth rarely heard in her music and provokes a more matured aspect to her own production. As a bonus, she reaches into the vaults pulling out a lost version of fan favorite BLINDHOUSE recorded together with INTERNATIONAL PONYâ€™s COSMIC DJ.
Bringing a slight twist to the typical remix collection, ADA invites some of her favorite remixes onboard for ADAPTATIONS. Studio-mate DEE PULSE hits back house with his unreleased remix of FIZZMANN and TOBIAS THOMAS & MICHAEL MAYER team up to tackle the unforgettable YEAH YEAH YEAHâ€™s cover of MAPS that originally appeared on BLONDIE.
Itâ€™s safe to say that ADA has brilliantly succeeded in creating her own, personal mix tape that is well deserving of being shared with everyone.
– – – – TRACKLIST – – – –
1. Tracey Thorn â€“ Grand Canyon (Ada remix)
2. Ada- Fizzmann (Dee Pulse Remix)
3. Booka Shade â€“ Vertigo vs. Cha (Ada Remix)
4. Brant feat. Mr. Roper â€“
Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me (Ada Remix)
5. Ada â€“ Maps (Thomas/Mayer Remix)
6. Alex Smoke â€“
Never want to see you again (Ada Remix)
7. Ada â€“ Eve (DJ Koze Mix)
8. Ada feat. Raz Ohara â€“ Lovestoned
9. Andi Teichmann â€“ Tape (Ada Mix)
10. Ada â€“ Living It Up
11. Ada â€“ Forty Winks
12. Ada feat. Cosmic DJ â€“
Our Blindhouse (each and every one)